Community Manager Milda Ratkelyte checks out hostels in Singapore and came up with the 10 most highly-recommended by travellers.
Five years ago I stopped over in Singapore for a night after backpacking in Thailand and Malaysia. Boy, was it a shocker to pay USD70 for a hostel room, which was the size of a shoebox.
The worn-out bed was wall-to-wall and took up all the space we had. In order to reach the toilet (which by the way didn’t have a functioning door because you could only go in sideways) you had to step over the bed. This horrific one night stay cost us more than 7 nights’ accommodation in Thailand! However, back then there were only a handful of low-budget accommodation options available in Singapore.
Today, brand new hostels are popping up on every corner, competing with each other with better amenities, facilities, services as well as prices. Some I’d say could even compete with hotels looking at the standards they provide. So if you are planning to stop by in Singapore and are looking for reasonably-priced accommodation, have a look at our list of most popular hostels in Singapore.
1. Blanc Inn
Nestled in the heart of Singapore, Blanc Inn is a boutique hostel which opened its doors in April 2013. It is ideally situated on a quiet street between the charming tourist districts of Little India and Arab Street, and a 5 minute walk to excellent transport links to other tourist attractions and the airport. Blanc Inn has been converted and tastefully furnished from an old shophouse to a warm and charming hostel in a historical district. Blanc, meaning white in French, reflects the clean lines of their hostel design.
2. 5footway.inn Project
The shophouse, with its five-foot-wide walkway, embodies both an appreciation for the Southeast Asian architecture as well as the desire to enable and encourage community spirit through close daily interaction. 5footway.inn was started with this simple belief: accessibility, style and top-rate facilities do not have to cost a fortune.
3. Rucksack Inn@Hong Kong Street
Rucksack Inn is a cosy, comfortable and clean hostel, conveniently located within close proximity to Clarke Quay, Singapore’s nightlife destination. All the rooms feature air conditioning as well as wireless internet access throughout the entire hostel. Check out a nearby hidden bar – 28 Hong Kong Street. This New York-inspired bar’s levels of discretion might border on the extreme, but the thrill of uncovering its practically secret hideout and securing a seat makes the experience just so much sweeter.
4. Bunc@Radius Little India
Bunc Hostel is a 233-bed, 3-storey hostel strategically located at Upper Weld Road, within the culturally rich Little India historical district in Singapore. The hostel offers full air-conditioning, complimentary wi-fi, kitchenette facilities, recreation rooms with gaming facilities, an outdoor tanning deck, commercial washer-dryers, a ladies-only floor and roomy Bunc beds that maximize personal space and privacy. Bunc@Radius prides itself on its holistic approach to service, not merely to ensure that you are comfortable at the hostel itself, but for you to have an enjoyable stay in Singapore. So make sure to check out their fun desk to help you plan a fun-filled journey around the city.
Also see: Bunc@Radius Clarke Quay
5. The Mitraa Backpackers Hostel
Mitraa means ‘friend’ in Sanskrit, hence the ultimate motto of The Mitraa Backpakers Hostel where you can share your experiences with other travellers and find a home away from home. The hostel is equipped with free wi-fi in public areas, air-conditioned rooms and comfortable beds with 8-inch thick orthopaedic mattresses. It’s just 5 minutes away from Farrer Park MRT.
6. Vintage Inn Singapore
The idea behind Vintage Inn started when four friends, all of whom have worked in the hostel and hotel line, saw the need for higher standards, levels of comfort and privacy that all backpackers and travellers on a budget desire. Combining these elements led to the establishment of Vintage Inn Boutique Hostel. It is ideally situated in Little India, one of Singapore’s must-see attractions, located in a heritage conservation shophouse that was built in the early 1900s.
7. Five Stones Hostel
Five Stones Hostels is Singapore’s leading boutique hostel. Now in a new location and featuring a female-only floor, Five Stones Hostel continues to lead the pack in Singapore. The hostel is centrally located in the heart of tourist attractions of Haji Lane, Arab Street, the Sultan Mosque and Bugis Street Market. At the centre of Singapore’s excellent transport network, it is minutes from Bugis MRT and bus stops. It offers free wi-fi, free breakfast and exclusive deals and discounts for guests at local attractions.
8. Backpackers’ Inn Chinatown
Backpackers’ Inn Chinatown is located in the heart of Chinatown, only 5 minutes walk from Chinatown MRT Station and Chinatown Heritage Centre. All rooms are fully air-conditioned and the hostel provides free wi-fi. Chinatown is the perfect choice for food and bargain lovers. Smith Street just around the corner has a wide choice of food stalls from Chinese to Thai, Malay, Indian and more at a very reasonable price. My favourite spot is a small family run Chinese dumpling shop called Lan Zhou La Mian, where you can watch the chef working the dough for your noodles. Hostel guests get to enjoy special rates for all drinks at Cow & Coolies Karaoke Bar located at the ground level.
9. G4 Station Backpackers’ Hostel
This hostel offers cosy, relaxed, good quality, clean and inexpensive private or shared accommodation in Singapore. It’s situated right at the heart of the city, with walking distance to Orchard Road, Bugis Junction and Little India with a wealth of public transport options close by. Everything is almost just a hop away! G4 Station provides free blankets, personal lockers, bed lights, a hearty breakfast, high speed wi-fi connection, 24-hour movie screenings, daily local papers for viewing, as well as luggage storage services after check-out.
10. Plush Pods
Located in Bugis, this hostel makes it the perfect choice for those wishing to explore the city. Singapore’s hipster quarters – Haji Lane and Arab Street, are located just few minutes away. Explore street art, have a chilled drink at one of the cool bars and shop at local designer stores. Each pod in the hostel has its own reading light, power socket, lockable luggage space and curtains for privacy. The price includes wi-fi access, light breakfast and linens.